Natalie Standiford was born and raised in Baltimore. After studying Russian language and literature at Brown she moved to New York City, where she has lived ever since. She is the author of many books for children and young adults, including How to Say Goodbye in Robot, Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, The Boy on the Bridge, The Secret Tree, Switched at Birthday, The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto, and The 39 Clues: Countdown. Her latest book for middle-grade readers, The Only Girl in School, was published in January 2016.
Her work has been translated into over ten languages and has made several "Best of" lists, including the New York Times Notable Books for Children, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Bank Street College of Education, RT Book Reviews, and the New York Public Library. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times (including the Modern Love column), The Washington Post, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She plays bass in a band called Tiger Beat, with fellow YA writers Libba Bray, Dan Ehrenhaft, and Barnabas Miller.